November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin interview causes stir

An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir.
An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir.

(CNN) - It’s the ultimate holiday photo-op for any governor: the yearly pardoning of a turkey to spare it from demise days before Thanksgiving.

But former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is causing a stir for an interview she gave after pardoning an Alaska turkey Thursday, during which one bird was being slaughtered in the background.

Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her, though she did seem to take a glance at the unfortunate event at one particular point during the interview.

"It's nice to support a local business and just participate in something that isn't so heavy handed politics that invites criticism," Palin said during the interview. "Certainly will probably invite criticism for even doing this too, but at least it was fun."

"I am always in charge of the turkey so I am where I need to be today to prepare for that," she also said.


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  1. Salt

    D November 21st, 2008 3:02 pm ET

    The only thing I can figure is that you liberal pin-heads are so afraid of "Sarah Palin 2012″ that you feel like you must keep reporting what you see as negative "non-stories" about her.

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    Actually you have it all wrong.

    1) I think most liberals would welcome a Palin run in 2012 with open arms.

    2) I, along with what looks like the vast majority of Dems in here, really wish that we never had to read another thing about her.

    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Not This Time!

    Will the guy in the background, Sammy the Slaughterer, now want a book deal, too?

    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Tammy

    This just proves she is still as clueless as ever!

    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. hugh ~ california

    Come on, let's talk turkey here! The lady just won't shut up. I don't feel sorry for her at all. If Palin needs to constantly seek attention from the media she is fair game–not the turkey.

    November 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. CNN :)

    hey "Steph"....you're kind of funny....were you one of the koolaid drinkers that hated on Hillary?????? NOTICE MR. HOPE-N-CHANGE is basically calling ALL Clinton administration and putting them to work for him.....Hope and change...don't think so..he has NO idea what he's doing, so he's hiring ALL Bill and Hillary people.....

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Debbie

    There are a lot of things that we know are happening - kind of like soldiers being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet the president won't allow pictures to be taken of the caskets.
    Maybe it would have been better for this woman, who few people respect, to show some sensitivity. There are people who actually feel emotions when they see animals killed. I know, how weird. What if it was a horse being slaughtered for dog food? Is that something Republicans like to watch on the news with their kids as well?
    What is it with conservatives? A little bloodthirsty?

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Phil Moore

    The problem IS, no one's found a way to get rid of that other stupid turkey.................. the one giving the speach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. NJ

    This is unbelievable. Who really cares? Where was she supposed to go to do the traditional turkey pardoning, the petting zoo? Un-freaking-believable.

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Bruce, Middlesex, NY

    Alaskans should be sooooo proud. PLEASE re-elect her so the rest of America doesn't hav eto deal with her anymore.

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Wilma Jahn

    Well, Sarah PAAINN is at it again...Guess she must have field-dressed that poor unfortunate turkey being beheaded, and had it on the "BARBIE" by 6 PM, it's a wonder she didn't decapitate it herself, she loves KILLING ANIMALS of any kind !!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. DDoss

    She doesn't seem to be very aware of ANYTHING around her in the whole world. Concern for people who might be sensitive to slaughter, besides sound political judgement, would have dictated a different place for the interview. Talk about a turkey!

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. ToledoTom

    Welcome to reality people! Where do you think your Thanksgiving dinner came from?

    November 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. pal

    Peter why not try dusting your buttocks off and eat yourself? what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Drive-by-media

    Typical example of the drive-by-media. Lay off of Palin, you guys are so pathetic. Like you never ate turkey before? Meanwhile the recent zigby poll shows how ignorant and ill informed the voters are expecially obama supporter who dont even know who controls congress of who the majority leader and speaker is.. You guys in the media have completely failed the public. How about spending you time more wisely.

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. me in hawaii

    What did this woman do in a former life that she just can't catch a break in this one?

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. butterball palin

    paul,

    it's funny.

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. laurelle47

    and to think this "turkey" was a mccain heartbeat away from being the president of the united states. ..go back to making moose chili and please just go away.....

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Mike Richberg

    And this story is news worthy why? Thusands of Turkeys get the ax every year.

    Obama won, drop the biased media coverage.

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Gary

    The turkey should replace the elephant as the new symbol of the Republican Party.

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Chad

    That is hilarious. Who needs Tina Fey? Give Palin her own show!

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Neil

    M-O-R-O-N

    November 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Adrian

    People please, some of you probably think beef comes from the ground. I guess turkey came from a tree before this to some people, how pathetic.

    November 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Scott Tucson

    One can look at the scene behind Sara Palin as sort of an metaphor in that, what the farmer is doing to those turkeys is what Obama is doing to his faithful CHANGE believing supporters.

    November 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. TW

    For all you clowns worried about the turkeys ... what about the big turkey in Chicago who's gone mute since the election?

    November 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. rightytighty

    383 un-liberally monitored comments. Proving once again that Palin can still draw a bigger crowd than Obama...

    November 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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